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Expert on copyright, patents leads small business seminar May 7 at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An expert on intellectual property is the featured speaker for a seminar designed to teach small-business owners the basics of copyrights, patents and trademarks Thursday, May 7 at the University of Iowa College of Business Administration.

Gregory G. Williams, an attorney with the Cedar Rapids law firm Simmons, Perrine, Albright and Ellwood, will present "The ABC's of Protecting Your Business's Assets" from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 7 in Room S401 of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

The seminar, sponsored by the UI Small Business Development Center, requires a $20 registration fee. Pre-registration is also required.

In addition to explaining the basics of intellectual property and the protections provided by copyrights, patents and trademarks, Williams also will explain how to take cost effective steps to protect innovations and how to maintain trade secrets while selling innovations.

Williams holds a bachelor's degree in physics, a master of business administration and a law degree, all from the UI. Prior to joining the Simmons firm, he was an in-house counsel and executive with Rockwell Collins.

For more information, or to register, contact the UI Small Business Development Center, S160 Pappajohn Business Administration Building, the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000; phone: (319) 335-3742.